Created By: BlackDragon on February 29, 2012 Last Edited By: IchigoMontoya on January 6, 2014

Warrior of Beauty and Elegance

Agent Peacock Warrior who fights for aesthethic reasons.

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Needs a better name. Preferably one that also makes it clear that this is an Always Male trope.

This strangely specific character is a fancily-dressed guy (makeup optional) who constantly harps on about 'beauty' and 'elegance' while he slaughters innocents in search of some great aesthetic achievement. Will often seek to destroy the heroes (and anyone else who stands in their way) for the simple reason that they're 'ugly'. Essentially a fusion of the Mad Artist and The Fighting Narcissist, which it often overlaps with.

Outright narcissism is optional, though, and they'll usually fall somewhere on the spectrum between Camp Gay and Camp Straight - and while The Fighting Narcissist is busy admiring himself in the mirror, these guys are busy chasing down a true 'vision of beauty' through unrestrained slaughter. To put it to a point, The Fighting Narcissist fight in order to show off, while the Warrior of Beauty fights because he sees beauty in combat.

Keep in mind, despite their tendency towards mincing around, these guys are usually quite formidable when it comes down to the wire.

  • Juda from Fist of the North Star is one of the more narcissistic examples. Simultaneously loves and hates Rei for attaining a greater level of grace and beauty in combat than he himself could. Also looks like a drag-queen who got punched through an exploding circus and into a truck full of makeup.
  • In the Dynasty Warriors series, Zhang He plays this role. Depending on game, his appearance varies from 'Vega Whole Costume Reference' to 'Has a nicer outfit than Diao Chan (and higher heels)'. Inevitably, he'll wax poetically about beauty and elegance in battle, and yet he remains as Ambiguously Gay as it is possible to be.
  • Meanwhile, in Samurai Warriors, there's Kojirō Sasaki. He'll kill you just for being ugly, and while he doesn't actually dress that effeminately, he's nonetheless repeatedly mistaken for a girl, particularly in Samurai Warriors 2 Empires' and Warriors Orochi 2. Favorite line: "I shall give you all a beautiful'' end!"
  • The recent Asura's Wrath has Sergei. Once again, 'beauty' and 'elegance' are favorite words, and he's definitely a fashion-victim, even by the crazed dress-standard of the Demigods. Noteably, when he comes face-to-face with 'Wrath Asura' - he starts flipping out about how it's the 'ultimate beauty of anger' that he's been searching for, even as Asura proceeds to tear him apart.

Thougths? I'd really like to hear some suggestions for a more descriptive and to-the-point name...
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  • February 29, 2012
    lebrel
    I think this is pretty much Agent Peacock, or possibly a subtrope of it.
  • February 29, 2012
    BlackDragon
    Agent Peacock is certainly related, but badassness is not mandatory for this character, and from what I can read, Agent Peacock doesn't so much PURSUE beauty and effiminate-ness, as he uses it to his advantage. (He also seems to mostly be a hero, while this guy is primarily a villain who may occasionally stray into Anti Villain territory.)

    Similarly, Sissy Villain is related, but doesn't quite catch it - mostly by being a much shallower and more simplified villain.
  • February 29, 2012
    ThePope
    Ghirahim from The Legend Of Zelda Skyward Sword is this inside and out.
  • February 29, 2012
    jatay3
  • March 1, 2012
    Chabal2
    • Any Slaaneshi cultist from Warhammer and Warhammer 40 K. The former has Sigvald the Magnificent, an extraordinarily vain White Haired Pretty Boy and champion of Slaanesh.
      • The fanmade Pretty Marines Chapter in 40K is made of Bishonens whose bolters fire rose petals.
  • March 1, 2012
    BlackDragon
    Hmm... Combat Aestheticist SEEMS like it should be this. It's certainly a better name for it than what I came up with (though also significantly harder to spell). But reading it, it doesn't seem to actually fit. Noteably, none of the examples I mentioned are there. The description is kind of bad, but from what I can tell, it's mainly about someone who thinks that combat and/or slaughter is beautiful in itself, rather than seeking beauty and elegance in combat. On the other hand, several of the examples cited therein DO sound like they'd belong here.

    Maybe Combat Aestheticist just needs a rewrite.
  • March 1, 2012
    HeartOfAnAstronaut
    How about Warrior Dandy or Dandy Warrior?

    This trope is forcing me to imagine a version of The Portraitof Dorian Gray as an anime with big robots. Weird...
  • March 1, 2012
    BlackDragon
    Weird, maybe, but I'd watch the heck out of that. :P

    I suppose Warrior Dandy might work, if nothing better comes up, but it doesn't really convey what it's about... the dandy-ness of these characters tends to be a byproduct of their fascination with beauty and elegance, rather than a core part of the character - and it isn't even mandatory. Kojiro Sasaki is the best example of this - his mode of dress isn't particularly dandy (by the standards of that game), and he mostly gets mistaken for a girl simply due to his extremely Bishonen looks - but he's still a thorough example of the trope.
  • March 1, 2012
    jatay3
    I wrote Combat Aestheticist and I thought I did mean seeking beauty and elegance in combat rather then thinking combat is itself beautiful.
  • March 1, 2012
    BlackDragon
    Then it definitely needs a rewrite and some cleaning up, 'cuz the examples are all over the place... most of them just boil down to 'Kills stuff elegantly'.
  • January 5, 2014
    ShanghaiSlave
    "of beauty and elegance" connotation is taken by Silk Hiding Steel. easy to confused if you got used to one.
  • January 5, 2014
    DAN004
    @ Black Dragon: Still, the distinction of "thinking combat is beautiful" and "seeking beauty in combat" is almost nil, right?
  • January 5, 2014
    MorganWick
  • January 6, 2014
    TrustBen
    Sebastian O, a steampunk adventure comic miniseries written by Grant Morrison, centered on a beauty-obsessed assassin explicitly based on Oscar Wilde.
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